‘Portable Hug’ Vest, Designed To Improve Quality of Life For Autistic Patients

Accepting the prize
Therapeutic Systems, a concept business thought up by U of Mass at Amherst doctoral student Brian Mullen, won the $50,000 grand prize at the May 8 Technology Innovation Challenge (TIC).

Therapeutic Systems plans to market a novel “deep-pressure vest,” developed in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, that improves mental healthcare and the quality of life for people with mental illness, especially autism, by providing a “portable hug.” An estimated 3 million to 4 million patients suffer from developmental disorders such as autism.

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  1. jackie on June 21st, 2008

    Hope this new vest helps as both the weighted vest and blanket has for a few years. We purchased a weighted blanket for our child from Dreamcatcher Weighted Blankets about 4 years ago. It has been a life saver for us as a family. I think their web site is http://www.weightedblanket.net.

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